Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I've been busy as a bee

Slacker, that's what I am when it comes to blogging. But on the other hand, I've really been busy.

I made myself a back pack.  When we fly one particular airline, we only take a back pack. Yep, we are cheap and the back pack is free. So I wanted one with out all those compartments. 

I found the two fabrics at Hobby Lobby. I used Bosal In-R-Foam plus double sided fusible stabilizer. You iron the fabric to both side and then I quilted it. This was probably the funnest part of making the bag.

I used an imitation suede on the back of the straps (hobby lobby too). This keeps the straps from sliding off your shoulders.

It features a zip pocket all the way across the front. Two pull cord pockets on the sides. There is also a zip pocket inside.

I'd love to share the pattern with you, but it's only in my head. I just winged it. It turned out great.

I did make one major mistake.  Can you figure out what it is?

I flipped it the wrong way. So my back pack is wider than longer. But hey, whatever, it works, I just have to widen my shoulders!

This is a project I was asked to make for my great nephew. He will soon turn 5.  These are his super heroes t shirts. It is for a body pillow. It took longer to cut them up and position them, than it did to sew it. I used one of his daddy's t shirt for the cuff.

The blacksmith has been busy too, teaching the young. Ethan was so excited to get a personal lesson from the master.

Here is a quilt that we finished at St Margaret's church a couple of weeks ago. It was another fun one to quilt! Good job Judy and Elaine holding it up!

Ethan gifted me with this hand made split oak basket for the blacksmith giving him a lesson. I love it!
I finished (grandbaby #5), Logan's sock monkey quilt. I mailed it to arrive at his house, the day we arrived.

This is my donation for our blacksmith conference 2015. My friend Deanna took our program and digitized it into her computer embroidery machine. Enlarge the picture to see what a great job she did.

The colors from the bottom up, represents the color of the metal. It goes from black, red, orange, yellow and white as it heats up.

It is best seen on the back where flames are quilted.

I stitched our logo by machine.

I leave you with our newest grandson's Easter picture! Hopefully my next post will be our trip to Florida!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Grand baby #5 is here

Logan William (William is after my late father) made his arrival almost 2 weeks early. He arrived  Easter morning at sunrise. 

7 lbs. 10 ounces. 20 inches long. Everyone is doing fine. They were home 36 hours after his birth.

Easter bunny had come a day early at their house. Big brother Connor is now driving in style.

Easter at our house, included frying some delicious fried chicken. The blacksmith was a little under the weather so Jeremy took over for his Dad.

The kids did some egg hunting. 

Easter included the lamb cake. As much trouble as it is for me to make this, holy week is probably not the appropriate week to make it, if you get my drift. 

Danish twist is an Easter tradition too, here it is before the icing was on.

Easter gifts too were part of the day. We then did some facetiming with Sarah and Rusty and the boys in Florida. Boys, I am going to have to get use to BOYS.

To finish out our day, Lizzie pulled her first tooth.  She summed the day up pretty good as she exclaimed "today was a good day, Easter, a new cousin and the tooth fairy!"

Life is good.

Here's a few pictures from the big family get together on Good Friday. There were many gallons of fish fried, a gallon of frogs, hush puppies, and french fries. Always good 
carry-in food too. 

The evening was topped off with a bonfire.

Life doesn't get much better.